Education Minister Declared Tamil Nadu Schools to Have High-tech Labs Worth Rs 58 Crore

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School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi announced that hi-tech laboratories, estimated at Rs 58 crore, will be established in government high and higher secondary schools in a phased manner. Speaking during the school education department’s demand for grants discussion on Monday, he outlined various initiatives to upgrade schools with the latest information technology facilities.

In phase I, the focus will be on schools with more than 1,000 students. Hi-tech laboratories will also be set up in aided schools at a cost of Rs 42 crore. Additionally, the syllabus for classes 6 to 9 will include basics on AI, and each district will get a robotics laboratory for students from classes 9 to 12, with an allocation of Rs 15.43 crore.

To enhance students’ leadership skills and political knowledge, model parliament and assembly programs will be introduced. Students will be grouped into four houses — Kurinji, Mullai, Murutham, and Neithal — and will select their representatives. Education on climate change and environmental protection will also be included.

Collaborating with state departments like prohibition, social welfare and health, and higher education, the ministry will offer training to students and teachers to spread awareness against drug abuse.

Agal Vilakku, a new scheme, will form committees of female teachers to assist girls from classes 9 to 12 in tackling mental, physical, and societal issues. For students with visual disabilities, a multi-sensory park will be established in every district at a cost of Rs 3.8 crore. Additionally, a new library software with accessibility features for visually-impaired students will be implemented in district libraries, with an allocation of Rs 1.75 crore.

The Kalai Thiruvizha (art and culture festival), currently held for classes 6 to 12, will now be extended to include students from classes 1 to 5.

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